Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, set among a 43 acre wildlife preserve, is an African style resort that us authentic architecture and landscape design. The lodge is designed in a semi-circle which allows many of the guest rooms to have a good view of the savanna and the animals that live there. Authentic African artifacts are used in the lobby and throughout the resort. Arusha Rock, located just off the lobby, gives excellent views of the animals as well as the plant life of the savanna.
The Uzima pool at Animal Kingdom Lodge is 11,000 square feet and has a 67 foot long slide. There is a small pool for little children, animal themed activities, an arcade, and a 24 hour playground. There is also a kids club, Simba’s Clubhouse, which is a supervised area for children ages 3-12 if the parents want a night on their own.
The animal encounters are one of the main reasons that Animal Kingdom Lodge is an excellent resort choice. Over 30 types of animals roam the four different savannas and the lodge gives many opportunities to view them. Some of the animals you may see are Zebra, Okapi, Impala, Nyala, Wildebeest, Hornbill, Gazelle, Antelope, Crane, Flamingo, Stork, Ostrich, Pelican, Geese, Fuinea Fowl, Griffon Vulture, and Giraffe.
This resort features two of the best restaurants in all of Walt Disney World, Jiko: The Cooking Place and Boma: Flavors of Africa. Reservations are strongly recommended when attending one of these excellent restaurants.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is located close to Animal Kingdom Park.
Disney's Beach Club Resort
Disney’s Beach Club Resort is a deluxe resort located alongside the 25 acre Crescent Lake and is themed after a New England style resort. Stormalong Bay is one of the highlights of this resort as it features a large pool, waterfalls, a circular river, a waterslide, a tanning deck, and Hurricane Hanna’s Grill a poolside bar and counter service restaurant.
This resort features over 550 guest rooms that are decorated with a beach side theme and show views of the resort, gardens, or Crescent Lake. The white wicker furniture is an excellent part of the theme as well as the beach style color palette. The resort features Yachtsman Steakhouse, one of the most unique restaurants in Walt Disney World as you get to see the chef’s preparing steak, chicken, seafood, and lamb. The hotel features a 24 hour health club with saunas, steam rooms, and massages. There are three quiet pools and seven spas throughout the property as well as a white sand beach alongside of the lake on which guests can relax. The resort also features a full arcade for the enjoyment of all guests. The Sandcastle Club is a facility for kids ages 3-12 and is supervised to allow parents to have a night out. The Yacht and Beach Club also features over 73,000 square feet of meeting and convention space.
Disney’s Beach Club Resort is near Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s BoardWalk Area.
Disney's BoardWalk Inn
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn is a deluxe resort that is themed after 1940’s Atlantic City. The BoardWalk is packed with entertainment and is situated alongside of Crescent Lake. The midway games and street performers are located along the BoardWalk and add to its carnival atmosphere.
The guest rooms are decorated with the Atlantic Ocean beaches in mind and have cherry wood furniture. The main Luna Park pool is great for kids and as well as the 24 hour playground that is located close by. The pool includes a 200 foot long Keister Coaster water slide. In addition to the main pool the resort also features two quite pools.
The entertainment on the BoardWalk includes the ESPN Club, Cat Cora’s restaurant Kouzzina, and the Big River Grille & Brewing Works.
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn is located near Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s BoardWalk Area.
Disney's Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Contemporary Resort is one of the icons of Walt Disney World as it sits close to the Magic Kingdom and has the monorail running through its main lobby. This hotel has excellent views of the Magic Kingdom including Space Mountain and Cinderella Castle. The hotel is also known for the outstanding dining experience of the California Grill, located on the 15th floor. The main contemporary tower is where most of the facilities are located including the front desk, the monorail station, restaurants, and several shops.
The resort has a marina where watercraft can be rented, two pools which have large slides, a health club, tennis courts, and convention space. There is a sand beach next to the pool which allows for the best in relaxation as well as a massage station. Fishing excursions are available at the marina and a 24 hour high tech arcade is also available at the resort.
The convention center has over 115,000 square feet of meeting space and ballrooms. Disney’s Contemporary Resort is located within walking distance of Magic Kingdom Park and just a monorail ride away from Epcot.
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
The beautiful Victoria architecture and luxurious accommodations of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa are located along the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon and just short monorail ride away from Magic Kingdom Park. This resort features beautiful red roofed buildings as well as world renowned entertainment and dining. The guest rooms have excellent style and most have a view of either the Seven Seas Lagoon or Magic Kingdom Park. The hotel has two excellent pools where you are able to not only relax in the water, but take in the world class amenities of the spa and health club.
The resort features six fantastic restaurants the crown jewel of which is Victoria & Alberts, a great place for a romantic dinner for two. Also, Narcoossee’s is situation on right on the shore of the Seven Seas Lagoon and offers great view of Magic Kingdom Park. The resort offers watercraft to rent, a 24 hour arcade, a beach for relaxation, and waterfalls and waterslides at the pool. The Mouseketeer Club is also available to watch kids ages 3-12 while the parents are enjoying a night alone. In addition, this resort features around 40,000 square feet of meeting and convention space.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is located just a short monorail ride away from Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot.
Disney's Polynesian Resort
Do you dream of escaping to a lush, tropical paradise just like the islands in the Pacific? If so then Disney’s Polynesian Resort is just for you. This resort features traditional thatched rooms, beautiful sand beaches on the Seven Seas Lagoon, and koi ponds for viewing. 11 buildings make up the 847 room Polynesian Resort with all of them surrounding the Great Ceremonial House. The Great Ceremonial House includes shopping, a torch lighting ceremony, and the impressive dining of two excellent restaurants, Ohana and Kona Café.
There is a great deal of entertainment at the Polynesian resort and it begins with the Volcano Pool, which has a 40 foot high volcano with a waterslide. Fishing, boating, waterskiing, and parasailing are also available on the Seven Seas Lagoon and nearby Bay Lake. The beach at the Polynesian Resort is also one of the most impressive places on Disney Property to watch Wishes, the nightly fireworks at the Magic Kingdom. An arcade is also located at the resort and the Never Land Club allows parents to get away for the night while the Disney Cast Members entertain kids between the ages of 3 and 12.
When staying at the Polynesian Resort another hit is the Spirit of Aloha dinner show which features a traditional Polynesian luau feast. Traditional music and Polynesian tradition and dance are all put together for a very authentic look at Hawaii.
Disney’s Polynesian Resort is located just a short monorail ride away from Magic Kingdom Park. Also, the Ticket and Transportation Center is just a short walk away as well where guests can catch a monorail to Epcot.
Disney's Wilderness Lodge
The Great American Northwest National Park is the inspiration for Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. This deluxe hotel was built in honor of American artistry and craftsmanship as well as to celebrate wilderness and the great outdoors. Wilderness Lodge carries the theme of staying in harmony with nature. The décor also tends to pay tribute to the Native American culture that has helped shaped America. One of the key points is the 82 foot fireplace in the lobby as well as the Lodgepole Pine that decorates the building.
The resort also features the Fire Rock Geyser, which was designed with Old Faithful from Yellowstone National Park in mind. Water comes out of the Fire Rock Geyser and shoots over 120 feet into the air. The large pool is complete with a water slide and 24 hour playground for children. Also, a white sand beach allows for the ultimate relaxation on Bay Lake. Bikes and watercraft are also available for rental at Wilderness Lodge.
Also on the Wilderness Lodge property are two excellent table service restaurants. A family style barbeque restaurant, Whispering Canyon Café, features a menu as well as all you can eat fare. Artist Point is a deluxe dining restaurant that features an award winning wine list as well as specialty food from the Pacific Northwest.
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is located close to Magic Kingdom Park, which can be reached by boat.
Disney's Yacht Club Resort
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is a deluxe resort that is situated right on the banks of Crescent Lake and is patterned after a New England yacht club. This resort takes guests straight to the New England areas of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Dark wood and white wicker furniture are used to decorate the guest rooms while the cast members are decked out in their boat attire.
The resort features Stormalong Bay, a three acre water paradise that had a large sand bottom pool, a circular river, water slides, and a replica of a wrecked ship. In addition to the pool area guests have access to an arcade, watercraft rental on the lake, and private fishing expeditions. A beach along Crescent Lake is also available to allow for relaxation before heading in to the spa for an invigorating massage.
The Yacht Club Resort features Yachtsman Steakhouse, one of the most unique restaurants in Walt Disney World as you get to see the chef’s preparing steak, chicken, seafood, and lamb. In addition, the Sandcastle Club is a facility for kids ages 3-12 and is supervised to allow parents to have a night out. The Yacht and Beach Club also features over 73,000 square feet of meeting and convention space.
Disney’s Beach Club Resort is near Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s BoardWalk Area.
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